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Sasse: Alabama Senate race looks 'crappy to me'

Sasse: Alabama Senate race looks 'crappy to me'
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Republican Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’ Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA Trump action on tariffs triggers GOP alarm MORE (Neb.) in a recent interview slammed the identity politics coming from GOP candidates like Roy Moore, saying the Senate race in Alabama looks “crappy.” 

During an interview with conservative Jonah Goldberg’s “The Remnant” podcast, Sasse described the surge as “white backlash grievance.”

“And it feels like the Republican candidate in Alabama is also, you know, not persuasive to lots of national politicians, but they just want the important stuff to be — to be power and politics,” Sasse said.

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“And we don’t know how to talk about what limited government and universal human dignity are about. And so I think we’re getting a new kind of identity politics — of kind of, white backlash grievance, which isn’t surprising that the right would echo the left. It isn’t surprising if you don’t have principles — and it feels like these parties don’t have a lot of principles. And the Alabama Senate race looks just that crappy to me.”

Sasse particularly criticized Moore over his reported comments in the past about Muslims, noting the U.S. Constitution specifies there is no religious litmus test to run for Congress.

“You can’t have people running for office—I don’t know the particulars of what Moore has said—but as it’s been reported, you can't have people running for office saying that being a Muslim would be a disqualification for being in Congress. The Constitution is pretty dang clear about not having a religious litmus test," Sasse said.

Moore, a controversial former judge who was removed from the bench in Alabama on two separate occasions, has come under fire during his Senate bid for provocative comments in the past. In one recently unearthed remark, Moore argued that the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide is “even worse” than the 19th century Dred Scott decision that ruled African-Americans were not United States citizens, and therefore property.

Moore, who defeated Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe Trump Presidency: Year One Dems search for winning playbook Stephen Bannon steps down from Breitbart MORE (R-Ala.) last month in the GOP primary runoff, will face off against Democratic nominee Doug Jones on Dec. 12 in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Grassley to Sessions: Policy for employees does not comply with the law New immigration policy leaves asylum seekers in the lurch MORE.

--This report was updated at 12:44 p.m.